Deadwood casino closure puts 52 out of work - KOTA Territory News

Deadwood casino closure puts 52 out of work

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Fifty two people will be starting off the New Year unemployed in Deadwood.

The Gold Dust Casino on Deadwood's Main Street will close at 2:00 a.m. New Year's day. The building is more than 10,000 square feet and takes up about half a block downtown. The casino's gift shop, bar, and lunch and dinner buffet will also close.

Deadwood and Lead Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Chuck Turbiville says overall gaming, tourism, and entertainment is up in Deadwood for the year, but the loss of the Gold Dust won't be easy on the city.

"The Gold Dust has been around since the very beginning," said Turbiville. "When gaming first started it was one of the premiere casinos in Deadwood and now we've gone all the way to the point where it's closed so it's not a good deal for the city, it's not a good deal for gaming, and it certainly is extremely unfortunate for the people that work there."

Turbiville says he's trying to set up a meeting for Gold Dust employees Wednesday morning with State Job Services and Social Services.

Owner of the casino, Don Dunham, from Sioux Falls was unavailable for comment.

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